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Politics | 6/8/2014 7:28:07 PM

USDA farmers market opens for 19th year as local food movement grows

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 - For the 19th straight year, the USDA will open its Farmers Market just off the National Mall in Washington on Friday, amid signs that
Politics | 6/6/2014 3:43:40 PM

DOT exempts livestock from Hours of Service requirement

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014- The U.S. Department of Transportation granted a one-year exemption to the Hours-of-Service requirement for the transportation of livestock

Politics | 6/6/2014 1:26:56 PM

Farm Service Agency committee nominations begin June 15

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the nomination period for Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees
Politics | 6/5/2014 6:29:25 PM

 Vilsack says mandatory PEDv reporting necessary to battle deadly pig virus

DES MOINES, IOWA, June 5, 2014 - Saying the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) must be dealt with aggressively, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined a mandatory reporting program for the disease that has killed
Politics | 6/5/2014 3:50:06 PM

Opinion: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - at a critical juncture

Frazzled nerves are beginning to emerge in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as they draw closer to a conclusion. That's not surprising
Politics | 6/5/2014 3:38:15 PM

AFBF, NFU join wheat industry biotech pledge

ARLINGTON, Va., June 5, 2014 —Organizations representing wheat producers and millers in Australia, Canada and the United States confirmed their support for the future commercialization of biotechnology
Politics | 6/5/2014 2:48:32 PM

USDA announces funding to combat pig virus

Washington, June 5, 2014 - In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, USDA today announced $26.2 million in
Politics | 6/5/2014 8:21:34 AM

USDA summer meal program begins as participation jumps

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 - The USDA starts its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) this week with plans to provide meals to millions of low-income children during a period when they don't have
Politics | 6/5/2014

Glickman: 'Asteroids' of hunger, climate change threaten Earth

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 - Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman urged the agricultural community to advocate for increased funding for agricultural research - research that's  
Politics | 6/4/2014 9:43:17 PM

'Surprising' pig virus dominates World Pork Expo discussions

DES MOINES, IA., June 4, 2014 - Talk about the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) dominated much of the opening day of World Pork Expo, as the industry tries
Politics | 6/4/2014 3:18:33 PM

Vilsack keynotes inaugural 'Made in Rural America' forum

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 -Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to deliver the keynote address at the first of five regional forums held by the White House Rural Council aimed at
Politics | 6/4/2014 1:39:11 PM

USDA announces CRP sign-up, help for beginning farmers

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 - Farmers and ranchers who wish to sign up for the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can do so starting on June 9. In a news release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also described incentives available to retiring farmers with acreage enrolled in CRP who
Politics | 6/4/2014 10:52:13 AM

Mississippi's McDaniel, Cochran face runoff; highlighting primary contests

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 - There are some clear winners and losers in the primary elections held in eight states yesterday, while at least one race remains
Politics | 6/4/2014

Senators introduce bill to overhaul food aid

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 - Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Coons, D-Del., yesterday introduced legislation aimed at
Politics | 6/3/2014

Agricultural community reacts to EPA greenhouse gas proposal

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said yesterday the Obama administration's latest greenhouse gas proposal would harm the nation's rural economy
Politics | 6/2/2014 3:48:49 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on combating Climate Change

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 - The Obama administration on Monday will unveil its long-awaited plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants, setting off what's expected to
Politics | 6/2/2014 2:44:33 PM

Vilsack kicks off Feds Feed Families food drive

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially kicked off the Sixth Annual Feds Feed Families food drive Monday, encouraging federal workers in the nation's capital and across the country to
Politics | 6/2/2014 12:57:40 PM

Opinion: The growing pains of cover crops

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Change can be painful and takes a good amount of
Politics | 6/2/2014 9:17:07 AM

EPA plan targets carbon pollution from power plants

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency today released its draft proposal for cutting carbon pollution from
Politics | 6/1/2014 10:50:42 PM

 School lunch takes center stage at House Appropriations markup

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 - Lawmakers on Thursday spent almost half of a four-hour House Appropriations Committee markup debating the national school lunch program guidelines, continuing a battle that's
Politics | 5/30/2014 4:12:42 PM

Agriculture groups request 'Water' rule extension

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014— In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and USDA this week, more than 70 agriculture stakeholder
Politics | 5/30/2014 4:03:24 PM

Controversial catfish program moves ahead

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., a longtime supporter of USDA's controversial catfish program, announced today that the Agriculture Department has forwarded to the White House
Politics | 5/29/2014 8:27:35 PM

Monsanto confirms security breach at Precision Planting unit

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 - Monsanto officials have been quietly alerting some farmers, dealers, employees and industry leaders in recent weeks that a computer server
Politics | 5/29/2014 6:54:16 PM

Rancher rips EPA 'Water' rule at House hearing

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014—Small business owners, including a Washington state cattle rancher, testified on Capitol Hill Thursday in opposition to the EPA's proposed rule defining
Politics | 5/29/2014 6:06:19 PM

U.S. farm exports seen at record $149.5 billion in FY 2014

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — U.S. farm exports will reach a record $149.5 billion in the year ending Sept. 30, up $6.9 billion from a February forecast, helped by
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